Floyd Mayweather has claimed that he deliberately decided against knocking out Conor McGregor early in their first fight in order to set up a 2020 rematch.
The 50-0 retired boxing legend declared in November that he will be working alongside Dana White to return this year and has now revealed hes eyeing two bouts against Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Conor McGregor had early moments of success while Floyd Mayweather sat back
Reflecting on the first McGregor bout, which he won by tenth-round knockout, Mayweather told Drink Champs: For the Conor McGregor fight I didnt really train.
All I did was do push-ups and sit-ups, boxed a few times, hit the bag a few times.
Training camp was in different places, sometimes I wouldnt go to the gym for a week.
I took it serious, but I wanted to have some fun in the fight and I wanted to entertain the people.
Mayweather turned up the tempo after three rounds and eventually won by stoppage
You have to give the people a show, so I gave the people a show.
If I wanted to go out there and f*** him up and blaze him right out the gate, I couldve did that.
But my thing is this, if I wouldve did that, then it wouldnt be probably a part two.
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Later in the conversation, Mayweather spoke more about his comeback plans.
He said: Just this year alone, with the two fights on the table, the numbers are up there high.
My numbers can be somewhere upwards of $600million. I even talked about fighting Khabib and Conor in the same day.
Id fight Khabib in the daytime and Id fight Conor at night
Mayweather has also named McGregor’s latest MMA conqueror Khabib as a potential boxing opponent
Youve gotta realise, I dont fight boxers. I already proved to the world Im the best at that.
I dont need to be on the pound-for-pound list. Its no longer the pound-for-pound list, its the Mayweather-for-Mayweather list. Ive surpassed that.
Regarding a potential Manny Pacquiao rematch, Mayweather concluded: I dont know why they keep saying this.
At the end of the day, he kept talking about how I was scared.
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao generated half a billion dollars
He went and done a commercial, the ESPN commercial, told me I was scared and they was being disrespectful for years.
It finally happened, he got cooked, now hes begging for a rematch.
My thing is this, if you get it done right the first time, you aint gotta do it again.